LOS ANGELES – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued an urgent message to Los Angeles County residents regarding the new Los Angeles County voting system that will be implemented in the 2020 primary election on March 3, 2020 and the 2020 general election on November 3, 2020:
“I want each and every resident of Los Angeles County to be aware that our county has adopted a completely new voting system that will be implemented for the first time in our March 3 primary and November 11 general election. While our early voting period has been extended to 11 days, the new voting system has overhauled more than 5,000 traditional polling places and replaced them with approximately 970 new voting centers. The new system also utilizes new touchscreen voting machines that will print out paper ballots, and each voting center will have staff on hand to answer questions about the new machines.
“While these changes may be straightforward, I am extremely concerned about the lack of information that has been shared with LA county residents, which could lead to confusion for members of our community on election day. It is imperative that the LA County Registrar’s Office disseminate information about these changes through radio, television, and newspaper advertising and by working with local clergy members, elected officials, civil rights leaders, and advocacy groups to spread the word about the new voting system. To that end, I have already held four town hall meetings in my District that included presentations by Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Dean C. Logan, who demonstrated the new voting machines, explained how and where they will be used, and answered questions from leaders across the 43rd District. Nevertheless, I remain incredibly worried about the lack of awareness and outreach in our community.
“LA County must not suffer the same fate as Iowa. Our new voting system must be easily understood, accessible, and verifiable. I will continue to do all that I can to inform LA County residents of the changes that have been made to our voting system. I urge all LA County residents to not only ensure that their family members and friends are aware of the changes to our system, but to also take the time to locate the new voting centers in their community and take advantage of the extended early voting days. I also encourage residents to familiarize themselves with the new touchscreen equipment, to ask for help if they experience issues with the machines on election day, and to verify their paper ballot printouts before submitting them. If you see something, say something. We cannot allow our democracy to be weakened or the integrity of our elections to be undermined because we fail to fully understand and inform our community about our new voting system. We must do everything in our power to ensure that every LA County resident can fully participate in our election.”